I would like to add to the "coveting" aspect. I currently have 105 employees with 85 in the Local Union. A couple of my young Union employees were watching me load my vehicle for a family trip out in the shop yard at the end of the day this past summer. I had the vehicle professionally cleaned that day so my wife would not bitch. One young man (under 25) said he wished he could afford to have his truck "detailed" and the other two chimed in also, which lead to a lot of "I wish I could afford" and a comment "you are lucky." This set me off. I know what each man earns, including benefits and the other perks we provide. They make a good living for their skills and will make more with experience.
So we got into a conversation about choices. Mainly me talking and them lower their eyes. One young man is on his third Chevy loaded truck in five years, owns a boat that you would see the Bass Masters and he lives in a mobile home with a baby on the way.
The one who made the comment about the "detail" cleaning and said he could not afford such an expense, had a pack of Cigs in his shirt pocket and a nice set of tattoos on both arms. I was told his back is covered but I have never seen it and I don't care. But he makes that choice, I choose not to smoke, get tattoos, drink a lot, etc.
I told them that the choices they make have consequences. They made a good choice to get into a trade that will always be in demand but are screwing up by complaining about what other people do or have. I went over the costs of their choices - Tattos, Smokes, a new truck almost every 18 months, boat costs, decreasing value of a manufactured home, costs of Credit (they have huge credit card bills), etc. Quit looking at everyone else and "wishing I could that", but look at yourself and start making good decisions. My "luck" they wished they had including busting my arse in school to get a college scholarship, then to moving away from family to go to law school. My new wife working two jobs while I finished my last year. Then taking loans to start a business. Amazingly, they did not want to swap their personal debt for my name on the bank LOC.
Sorry for being long, but the OP hit a nerve. I know CSB.
Your post is accurate. There is a reason it makes great sense. There is a reason others think it's fantastic. It's truth.
There is always more to it though..
There are plenty of people grinding it out everyday with no real vices who can't afford many luxuries.
And there are a lot (to be conservative) of well off people who do not do much at all.
So your little story isn't inaccurate, and it is correct within the realities you shared.. but there is a lot more to reality.
This post was edited on 12/7 at 6:52 pm